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October 10, 2009

Goals Revisited

Filed under: real talk, workouts — Tags: , , , , , , , , — joshuaeller @ 10:33 pm


Today was the first of hopefully many gymnastic tutorial sessions at FAHBG.  There’s more to come about the amazing work of Matt Baker, but today was also a time of reflection on our goals as a gym and as individuals.  As an individual, I’ve decided to publicly announce my personal goals – prompted by the fabulous Mrs Abby Vandegrift.  So, here we go.  (Hopefully, this isn’t an exercise in pure narcissistic pleasure.  Members of FAHBG – UNITE!  Post your goals for the world to see and thereby hold yourself accountable!)

By January 1st:

1 – Deadlift twice my body weight, which is currently hovering around 185 lbs, so 370 lbs.  I’ve already made progress here.  Thanks to Graham Wooden, I set a new PR today of 320 lbs.  Just 50 more to go by January 1. Yikes.

2 – Clean and Jerk my body weight, which is currently hovering around 185 lbs.  I’ve jerked 155, and I set a new clean record today of 165 – also due to Graham Wooden.  So just 30 more pounds to go.  Yikes.

3 – Perform 30 Muscle ups for time.  I just want to do them in one setting.  I don’t care how fast it happens.  Completion here is the goal.  Yikes.

Ok, team.  I need your help.  Get me to the finish line.  All by January 1st.  And post your goals on here.  Let’s hold each other accountable.  That’s what friendship and FAHBG is all about.

-Ps- in a somewhat unusual move for fahbg, I’m going to post something on here potentially ‘political’ – actually economic, but potential controversial.  Oh, dear…

1. Greg Mankiw of Harvard on the potential effects of the Baucus healthcare bill (note: you cannot ignore incentives) http://gregmankiw.blogspot.com/2009/10/marginal-tax-rates-from-health-reform.html

2. And Jeff Miron, also of Harvard, on housing policy: http://jeffreymiron.blogspot.com/2009/10/perpetuating-bad-housing-policy.html

My issue with Miron – can’t homeowners who receive a reprieve on their mortgage respond to these incentives in such a way that they acquire the ability to make their mortgage payment due to the extra time they receive to make the adjustment?  Isn’t that something akin to a firm’s short run response?  I know I would, but maybe I’m not everyone.  Any thoughts?



  1. Awesome goals! Def outlined well.

    I’m still trying to figure out what I want mine to be but will post soon.

    Comment by abbyleev — October 12, 2009 @ 9:42 am

  2. I’m working on my goals now…. yipes!

    I think one good idea is to try to have at least one goal for each of the three major modal categories in which CrossFit works: gymnastics (body weight stuff), olympic weight lifting, and cardio-respiratory endurance.

    I’m probably going to do 2 of each, plus one combo.

    Are we all supposed to have the same deadline? Jan 1?

    Comment by Mara — October 12, 2009 @ 3:50 pm

  3. Alright, Alright. I’ll post my goals too. Soon. I think a deadline of Jan. 1 is a great one.

    Comment by Micah Vandegrift — October 12, 2009 @ 4:06 pm

  4. well if we’re getting “political”


    Comment by joe — October 12, 2009 @ 4:13 pm

  5. My goal is simple, be under 200 lbs by January 1, this is my chief goal, anything else is ancillary.

    With that in mind, I have to ask my fellow FAHBGers to help me with this one. This will be a tough challenge for me, the temptation for eating poorly and being lazy is strong with me. I will need help staying on the right track, I know it already. (As well, I am NOT giving up on my mom’s thanksgiving feast, and I will be eating some Christmas cookies when that season rolls around, so this challenge will be especially difficult.)

    That said, my ancillary goals are as follows, dead lift at least 350 by January 1st, hopefully more but I’ll set that goal low in the hopes of focusing on the weight loss. As well. I would like to be able to do 10 pull-ups unassisted in a sitting, once again a reasonable goal but probably the toughest I’m going to sign up for.

    Since I’m new, its worth noting that I have yet to try some of the archetypal workouts (grace and what have you) so I’m not sure what reasonable goals with respect to some of these workouts should be.

    Comment by Graham — October 12, 2009 @ 10:25 pm

  6. My goal is to get ripped body until summer, im working hard and i already see results 🙂

    Comment by olympic weight set — February 7, 2010 @ 1:31 pm

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